Industrial Prototypes & Production Using 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing
ProtoCAM specializes in industrial rapid prototyping and 3D printing/additive manufacturing for industrial applications. Past ProtoCAM projects include industrial parts prototypes, industrial components, and physical prototypes for industrial applications. ProtoCAM has produced industrial prototypes for many major industrial manufacturers and their suppliers, including valves, pumps, gears, bearings, and hydraulic equipment. The company’s vast experience in rapid prototyping and production for industrial applications makes ProtoCAM the clear choice for industrial projects.
Examples of Industrial Rapid Prototypes
ProtoCAM’s customers have used its rapid prototyping services and 3D printing/additive manufacturing capabilities to create a wide variety of industrial parts both small and large and in many different materials. Customers include manufacturers and designers of tractors, valves, pumps, lifts, trucks, robotics, custom assembly equipment, and many more. Here are a few examples:
- Robotics parts
- Hydraulic lifts
- Pump parts and components
- Part castings
- Engine parts
- Mechanical parts
- Pneumatic parts
Industrial Prototypes and Parts from ProtoCAM – Key Benefits
- Reduced design time and cost
- Reduced testing time and cost
- Fast part turn-around
- Better visualization of products with a physical, solid, tactile item in addition to drawings and computer models
- Testing can be based on form, fit and function
- Quick iterative testing
- Wide variety of available prototype and production materials
- Confidentiality of product development assured
Case Study – Industrial Application
ProtoCAM worked with Langhorne Carpet Company to replace their Jacquard cylinder – the core of their carpet-manufacturing process.
Originally made of extremely rare and environmentally sensitive African hardwood, the Jacquard cylinder is integral to the carpet-weaving process. After over 80 years of use, Langhorne Carpet Company’s Jacquard cylinder needed to be replaced. ProtoCAM was able to help re-design and reverse-engineer the cylinder, and replace it with a new, improved, 3D-printed part.
This innovative project won first place in the “advanced concepts” category of the Technical Competition at the 2018 Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) Conference.
Read this case study for more details: Melding Old with New: Recreating Langhorne Carpet Company’s Jacquard Cylinder.
Materials Used in Industrial Prototyping
- Stainless steel
- Carbon steel
- HT steel 4140
- Zamac (Zinc/Aluminum)
- Silicone rubber
Contact ProtoCAM for additional material offerings for industrial applications.
Industrial Prototyping and Production
The use of 3D printing and additive manufacturing technologies in industrial applications is a proven technology used by engineers and designers of industrial parts. The technology is utilized to create physical, tangible prototypes and parts to work with during design and testing. The design process for new or improved industrial parts or components includes producing, examining, and testing a physical prototype to check its performance and look for improvements. Prototypes have usually been used for iterative testing, but with rapid prototyping and production, it can be done faster, more efficiently and at a lower cost. Engineers and designers benefit from having an industrial prototype to confirm that the size, shape, fit, and function are correct, and any needed changes can be completed before production begins.
Along with part and prototype production, ProtoCAM brings manufacturing and engineering expertise to industrial parts. ProtoCAM’s experienced engineers provide valuable insight on improved designs and parts that are easier and less costly to manufacture. Note that prototyping and production for industrial applications is not limited to small parts; multiple components can be joined to create very large items.
3D printing and additive manufacturing technologies can be used for producing parts for many industrial applications. ProtoCAM has utilized various additive manufacturing and 3D printing processes to make industrial parts for many major industrial manufacturers.